Ireland St Brigid's Day Public Holiday Moved To 2023
Source:Houses of the Oireachtas- National Parliament (Dublin)
Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: January 21, 2022
The Irish Tanaiste, Leo Varadkar, has announced that due to the arrival of the Omicron variant, the first occurrence of the new St Brigid's Day public holiday would be moved to 2023, with a one-off 2022 public holiday probably declared around St Patrick’s Day ("while an additional bank holiday is on the cards for next year it won’t fall on St Brigid’s Day").
Early last month (2021-10-05), ahead of the upcoming Irish government's budget (2021-09-25), the Irish Tanaiste, Leo Varadkar, had hinted that a new annual bank holiday, to begin in 2022, could be St Brigid's day on February 1st, or a four day weekend around St Patrick’s Day, in March.
By the end of last month (2021-10-31), government sources reported that a consensus had emerged to name the country’s tenth public holiday after Ireland’s female patron saint, Saint Brigid, with this new annual public holiday occurring on the Monday closest to February 1st.
Ever since the beginning of the current pandemic, there have been many calls for a special additional public holiday to be declared in Ireland; by the Irish Minister for Tourism, Brendan Griffin (2020-05-07), then as a result of cabinet rumours (2020-10-05) albeit quickly reined in (2020-10-07).
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